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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m)

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2018 by lilybug1960

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (m).
 
I love snow, but hate ice storms, and yesterday we woke up to ice on everything. We lost power sometime in the middle of the night, but we have a generator so we were fine. Along with a constant fire in the wood stove, it was very cozy. I made sure I put out lots of seed for the birds since getting to any on plants would have been impossible. One bird that came to visit was a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The male is especially striking and posed nicely for me a couple of times. I really liked how the yellow from the bird reflected off of the ice on the post that it was perched.
 
It made me start to think about my youth a little. I could never run for any office because of my youth, and thank goodness that the internet was not around. I know that surely once or twice while daring one of my hooligan friends to do something crazy, like jump into a pond where we were sure there were snakes or giant snapping turtles, that I probably commented upon their hesitation, “what are you, a yellow-bellied sapsucker?” Where did this saying come from? And why? Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are very cool birds and weren’t afraid of anything in the yard. They were actually very brave. Having lots of extra time on my hands yesterday, I researched it and could only find the reference but no reason for the saying. So from this day forward when we see something that bravery is required, we should say “you can do it, you are a yellow-bellied sapsucker!”
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 3600, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana
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My Winter Residents

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2018 by lilybug1960

My Winter Residents.
 
Actually they are year round residents, but it seems they have multiplied by 2 or 3 times. I need to get out and do some eBird counts of the backyard, but it is a busy place for sure. This morning it is 22 degrees here in Bear Woods and I had a welcoming party waiting for me when I put the bird feeders out this morning. I am getting White-breasted Nuthatch, like this one, in big numbers, probably over 20, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, an Eastern Phoebe, a Winter Wren, and huge numbers of Dark-eyed Junco, easily over 25, each day. Time to make another seed run.
 
The White-breasted Nuthatch are one of the most entertaining birds I get here, as they are very vocal, super active and not shy. This particular one landed on the table beside me a couple of times before settling on this post. It will be even colder tomorrow morning and I am sure the welcoming committee will be waiting again.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 720, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana

Purple Finch and the Irruption

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Purple Finch and the Irruption.
 
A term I have heard a lot this year, and you might have as well, is irruption. In ornithological terms, it means that food sources are bad in northern winter grounds and the southern autumnal migration for food starts for some birds. In easy terms, it means we here in the south might or will see many birds we don’t normally see at our feeders in the winter time, or when the irruption starts in the fall.
 
Yesterday was the first sign of that irruption at my feeders and in the yard. I birded for about 2 hours and recorded 5 Purple Finches and 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches, add to that the small flock of Dark-eyed Junco and Pine Siskin that were there, it is definitely going to be an interesting and possibly expensive year here in Bear Woods. Since we are a Wildlife Sanctuary, I feel it will be important to make sure there is plenty of seed out there for them, thus the expensive part. I have had Purple Finches here in the past, actually most every year, but not in any substantial numbers. The last time I recorded seeing a Reg-breasted Nuthatch was 2001. I am hoping some of the other irruption species will show up as well, it would be cool to see Crossbills or Redpolls here. If it happens we may have to open up Bear Woods for some folks to come see the birds.
 
It was kind of interesting the birds arrived yesterday as did my Bear Woods Birds 2019 Calendars. Some of these irruption birds may make the 2020 Calendar, but the money from the 2019 will go to pay for feeding this year’s groups!
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 560, shutter speed of 1/250th of a second, Sirui P424s monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana

This One is a Little Early to the Party

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This one is a little early to the party.
 
People naturally want to see bright colorful birds, not a duller brown, plain bird, right? Well, not me, or at least not always. Fall and Winter’s arrival to me are usually marked by the disappearance of the Warblers, Tanagers and Vireo, then a few weeks later my Junco and Pine Siskin start to appear. The other day as I was leaving I saw a couple of Junco flying away from the driveway, then yesterday a lone Pine Siskin appeared at the feeder area. They aren’t the most colorful, but as a group, they are entertaining. Here. like other places, the Pine Siskin can appear in huge numbers one year and then not at all the next year. This past Winter was a so-so year with just fair numbers. They are easy to identify with colors similar to that of a House Finch, but the beak will always be thinner, and the wings will have the yellow “streaks” on them as well. They often come in with mixed flocks of American Goldfinch or other finches. The trees up here are just beginning to change colors, but I know Fall is here and Winter is coming, the Pine Siskin are arriving to make sure I know.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1800, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L20 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary, #BirdNirdvana

A pleasant fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler

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A pleasant Fall surprise, a Cape May Warbler.
 
I’ve got a lot more landscape images to post, but yesterday I got to spend a few minutes on my back porch overlooking the Bear Woods Wildlife Sanctuary(I love saying that), and observing the birds coming by to visit. There were great numbers of my usual suspects, then a group of Tennessee Warblers visited, then a few Bay-breasted Warblers, and finally this Cape May Warbler came in a few times, but stopped only once long enough for me to get a few images. This year was the first time I had seen Cape Mays at my house in the fall and it is great seeing them now 3 different times. I hope they continue to visit for a few days more.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 2200, shutter speed of 1/60th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BearWoodsPhotography, #BirdNirdvana, #BearWoodsWildlifeSanctuary

Natural Insect Control

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Natural Insect control.
 
Tonight I am doing lecture for the Griffin Chapter of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association on things we have done here in our yard that not only improves my photography but makes it a more natural order in life. I am doing a version of this lecture in Jackson, WY Sunday as well. It is titled “Avoiding a Silent Spring” and is how we have taken to heart some of the subjects that were talked about in Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring”. One of the points was how widespread we humans treated and still treat for Japanese Beetles. We treat the plants and soil with chemicals, but to no avail. Here in Bear Woods, we don’t treat with any chemicals, we use a product called Scarlet Tanager. The Tanagers love eating the beetles and I simply sit on the porch and photograph them as they come in for their meals. This will start to occur around the end of June, beginning of July and continue for a few weeks. We have slowly, 4 or 5 years, worked on returning many parts of our property to more natural settings and in doing so attracted a tremendous amount of migratory birds. My presentation talks about our efforts and how we have set up bird photography studios to capture the beauty of the visitors we have attracted. I will show lots of pretty pictures of the birds and help to give you ideas of how to do some simple common sense things to do the same, regardless of the size of your yard. It will be worth the time for you if you simply love seeing beautiful birds, photographing them, or just simply want to make your yard a safer, chemical free place to live.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom Classic CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional

Blue-headed Vireo Arrivals

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Blue-headed Vireo.
 
The other spring migrant/summer resident I have been hearing and seeing is my favorite Vireo, the Blue-headed Vireo. I have a couple in the woods around the house establishing their territories and I hear their songs and see them fly from tree to tree. I hope they will nest in the area as they are great for pest control and very curious. This image is from last year when one decided to come to the backyard to check out all the action happening around the gardens. The temps have been hitting close to 70 in the afternoon, although this morning it is in the mid 30s, so the foliage is starting to pop out on the early spring plants. Soon the treetops will begin to open just in time for the main Warbler migration to the north. Soon I will be awaken to the “Dawn Song”! My favorite sound of the year.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Nikon D-500, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 1000, shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronUSA, #TamronLensesUSA, #TamronImageMaster, #Sirui, #SiruiUSA, #SiruiProfessional, #BirdNirdvana